NorthWestern Energy Building on Track

September 19, 2011
Aberdeen American News

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Proposed NW Energy building currently under construction
Proposed NW Energy building currently under construction
NorthWestern Energy has broken ground on a new $3 million office and warehouse building that will allow them to consolidate their operations under one roof.

The 33,000-square-foot structure will be built at 113 S. Centennial St. northeast of Lakewood Mall. It will include a reception area, offices, maintenance area, welding shop, warehouse and large garage for service trucks.

NorthWestern Energy's main office is downtown at 102 Third Avenue S.E. and the service center is at 102 S. First St. Both those buildings will be closed after the new facility opens in June, said Mike Williams, NorthWestern's Aberdeen-area manager.

"It is going to be a huge benefit to be at one place," Williams said last week.

The company has outgrown its facilities, especially the service center, and has equipment and materials stored at three sites around Aberdeen, he said.

The new building, set on five acres, will offer the company plenty of room, Williams said. Fifty-six trees will be planted on the grounds.

Northwestern employs 28 workers in Aberdeen. Nine people work in the main office. Seventeen work as linemen, electrical and natural gas technicians. Two are employed as meter readers.

HKG is the architect and Huff Construction is the general contractor. Northwestern Energy has hired all local contractors, Williams said